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Olympic Champion Ted Ligety Injures Knee in Training Crash

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    Olympic Champion Ted Ligety Injures Knee in Training Crash
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    Gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony for the the Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

    Olympic and world giant slalom champion Ted Ligety says he tore the ACL in his right knee during a training crash Wednesday in Oberjoch, Germany.

    The 31-year-old from Utah used Facebook to post a video of his wipeout. He wrote: "We all know ski racing is a dangerous sport but I always thought I could avoid a season ender."

    The U.S. Ski Team said in a release only that Ligety suffered a knee injury and will head home to be evaluated.

    It's been a rocky season for Ligety, who is sixth in the GS standings -- a discipline he usually dominates. His only podium finish in the GS this season was a win in Austria three months ago. He took second in the super-G at Beaver Creek, Colorado, in December.

    We all know ski racing is a dangerous sport but I always thought I could avoid a season ender. Unfortunately today I tore my ACL GS training and am heading home. #illbeback #bummerdude @slalomtokyodrift #lamecrash #getvideoing

    Posted by Ted Ligety on Wednesday, January 27, 2016